Members of the HHS Model UN Club took home several honors at the recent 2017 YMCA Model UN Conference.
HHS was one of many schools represented at the massive conference, which was at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Nov. 3-5. In all, about 1,000 delegates attended the event.
“It is a student conference of a mock United Nations assembly where students represent a country and present a resolution that deals with an international problem,” explained history teacher Amanda Elmore, who is HHS Model UN sponsor. “Students have an opportunity to debate and give speeches and discuss current topics of global interest.”
Several HHS students were recognized for their efforts. A resolution for Montenegro written by juniors Rossell Brewer, Jared Galbreath, Jacob Kieser, and Henry Sprouse was selected one of the top five resolutions in the entire conference.
HHS also had two delegations awarded for Outstanding Resolutions: the delegation of France (Peter Livesay, Emily Williams, Annabella Lodge, Kara Ellis) and the delegation of Nicaragua (Delilah Davis, Adrian Selva, and Mya Swinehart).
Eight other HHS delegations passed their resolutions into the General Assembly: Cote D’Ivoire, Columbia, Angola, Mauritius, Indonesia, Egypt 2, Andorra, and the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea.
Some HHS students also were recognized for their individual achievements by the conference staff. Receiving the Outstanding Delegate Award were Selva, Jack Wilhite, Sprouse, Jacob Kieser, Jacob Howard, Erin Eversole.
In addition, Sprouse was elected an officer for the 2018 conference. Next year, he will serve as a General Assembly Liaison.
Students said the Model UN experience was fun but challenging.
“It was pretty lit,” said sophomore Cailsey Scott.
Selva had this tip for students thinking of attending Model UN next year: “Just ask questions. Don’t be afraid.”
Elmore warned that the Model UN conference “is not for the weak of heart.”
“They should avoid being ill-prepared” she said.
Story by Kyra Hodge, Sarah Kovach, Abigail Lewis and Peter Livesay